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Mark Kabins, M.D. spoke to a small group of claimants’ attorneys last week to talk about treatment of work-related spinal injuries. Dr. Kabins, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, was a very animated and passionate speaker about treating injuries under workers’ compensation claims. He is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Orthopedic … Continue reading Mark Kabins, M.D., Orthopedic spine surgeon
Temporary partial disability benefits (TPD) are benefits that may be payable under the following circumstances: 1. You are working a temporary light duty job at a lesser wage because your duties are different, or you are making the same wage but your employer has reduced your hours each week; 2. You have a permanent job … Continue reading Temporary Partial Disability Benefits under Nevada Law
Heart Disease: Prevention Is Key to Avoiding a Denied Claim For Fire Fighters and Police Officers Given the number of people affected by heart disease each year, it is a tremendous benefit that fire fighters and police officers in Nevada have workers’ compensation coverage for heart disease. Other employees do not have this coverage, … Continue reading Prevent a Denied Heart Claim
All injured workers should get a copy of their medical records at some point. Remember that your employer is being copied by the adjuster on all his/her letters to you and on some of your medical records. You should know what your doctor says about you and your injury, particularly if you are having problems … Continue reading Injured Workers Should Get Their Medical Records
For those people who want or who must represent themselves at the first level of hearings, you need to read the Rules of Practice. These are the rules that the hearing officers expect attorneys and hearing advocates to know when they appear for a hearing. Although the hearing officers do not expect unrepresented … Continue reading Representing Yourself at Hearings on Your Nevada Comp Claim
One of the benefits of being self-employed and writing my own blog is that I can express my opinion on what is right with Nevada’s workers’ compensation system, and what needs improvement or overhauling. I accept no "favors" from medical providers I mention as providing superior service to injured workers. I like to let hurt employees … Continue reading Physical Therapist Karen Crawford Knows Nevada’s Injured Workers (And She Cares!)
A recent article published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine that studied 425 fire fighters from three states showed that more than 40% of the fire fighters had hearing loss in the noise-sensitive frequencies (4 and 6 kHz). Fire fighters with longer years in fire services demonstrated significantly worse hearing. The conclusion was … Continue reading Hearing Loss in Nevada FIre Fighters
Workers’ compensation benefits, including final settlement awards, called permanent partial disability awards, are generally not subject to assignments or garnishments, and are not subject to attorneys liens or medical provider liens. See NRS 616C.205. The one major exception to that general rule is that the statute does allow for payment of past due child support … Continue reading Child Support Deduction from Nevada Work Comp Benefits
There is a recent trend among insurers andtheir medical review companies to require a psychological evaluation before authorizing a low back surgery. Neurospsychologist Louis Mortillaro, PhD is asked to do many of these evaluations for the purpose of determining whether the patient is likely to benefit from a back surgery. Basically, the insurer doesn’t want … Continue reading Is Your Insurer Requiring a Psych Eval Before Authorizing Back Surgery?
Before an injured worker undergoes a neck or back surgery, he or she should be familiar with a few medical terms and what specific procedure the surgeon is recommending. Ask your doctor to write down the name of the surgery, and have him explain exactly what will be done. If you or your adjuster … Continue reading Common Spine Surgeries for Injured Workers
In City of Las Vegas v. Evans, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 31 (05/03/2013), the Nevada Supreme Court held that a firefighter who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor had a compensable claim based upon an appeals officers’ ruling that expert physicians established a direct causal connection between the cancer and the firefighter’s exposure to … Continue reading Favorable Firefighter Decision from Nevada Court
The first 30 days of a serious job injury claim are confusing and scary. Here are a few important tips : Keep a copy of the C-4 Claim for Compensation form that you filled out to start the claims process when you first got medical care. Check it to see whether you were taken … Continue reading The First 30 Days of Your Nevada Work Comp Claim
There is a renewed trend among particular self-insured employers and third-party administrators (TPA’s) in Nevada to send a Notice of Claim Acceptance for "lumbar strain only" on low back injury claims. My fellow claimants’ attorneys are also noticing an increase in claims where adjusters are denying medical treatment for a herniated disc, because the claim was accepted for … Continue reading Are They Calling Your Herniated Disc a Lumbar Strain?
Injured employees in Nevada have a limited right to choose a treating doctor. The workers’ compensation insurer or third-party administrator for the employer has a list of doctors that have contracted to provide medical care at reduced fees. Once the injured worker’s claim is accepted, he or she has the right to ask for a … Continue reading Does An Injured Worker Have to Go to Their Doctor?
The Bellagio blackjack dealer whose face was slashed just before Christmas this past year filed a lawsuit this week against her employer and her jailed attacker, according to theLas Vegas RJ today (2/26/13). The newspaper stated that the legal complaint against the Bellagio by the injured employee alleges that employer Bellagio failed to ensure … Continue reading Employer Bellagio Sued by Blackjack Dealer for Attack
Let’s say that you are injured at work and you go to the clinic designated by your employer for treatment and to fill out a C-4 Claim for Compensation. Within 30 days after the adjuster receives the C-4, the adjuster must either accept or deny your claim. The adjuster will usually call the employer to … Continue reading The Claim Acceptance Letter: What You Need to Know
Injuries by accident and Occupational Diseases 1. Notify immediate supervisor and complete written notice even if you don’t need medical care. If there is any possibility of you needing medical care in the future, it is essential that you promptly notified your employer. The law (NRS 616C.015) says the injured worker has 7 days to … Continue reading Police and Fire Fighters: Quick Guide to Filing a Claim